GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Fighting Leathernecks (1-2) dropped their second-straight road match, losing to Green Bay (1-1-1), 3-1. Tyra Markey scored her first collegiate goal, converting from the penalty spot in the 87th minute.
"It was a strange match," said head coach Ted Flogaites. "I thought we were the better side despite the scoreline. I know it sounds ridiculous when they score three goals, but we did knock the ball around pretty well at times today. They took their chances well, but aside from three moments of inattention, we passed the ball better and created more."
Western Illinois had the better chances in the first half but they were unable to put them away. The best opportunity came in the 38th minute when Chrissy Campbell put a long-range effort on frame but Green Bay's Katy Pilarzyk managed to tip it over the bar, one of her five saves in the match.
Despite going into the half scoreless, the Leathernecks outshot the Phoenix 6-4.
Green Bay broke the match open midway through the second half forcing Laura Atkinson to make a crucial save before finding the back of the net when Hekla Palmadottir scored directly from a corner.
Minutes later, Hannah Kernen put the Phoenix up 2-0. Then, in the 77th minute ,Chandra Eigenberger added the third goal for Green Bay.
"The first goal was a bit lucky," Flogaites added. "The second goal, you have to give her credit for continuing her run. But I tip my hat on the 3rd goal, it was a great strike."
With under five minutes remaining, Markey was called upon to take the Leathernecks first penalty of the season. The freshman converted, to bring the final score to 3-1.
"Credit Green Bay, Trevor (Warren) is an excellent coach whom I respect," Flogaites continued. "Our issue is we create with no end product. We create but currently lack conviction in the final third. We are abdicating the responsibility to shoot in and around the box. We don't yet know how to put in a 90 minute performance and our inconsistency among who will perform well or not, is killing our ability to generate rhythm. There is something currently missing from our squad and the search to find what's missing is on. We have continued to fail to play to our potential and my disappointment in my failure to help us to our potential is endless."
Western Illinois continues play in the Green Bay Phoenix Invitational, Sunday at 11 a.m. against Northern Iowa. A live video stream of the match will be available here.